Shot from Concordia with a...

Shot from Concordia with a 500mm Nikon ED zoom lens, the summit pyramid of Gasherbrum IV lights up amongst dark storm clouds. (Dave Hancock/Field Touring)

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Corax

Corax - Mar 28, 2005 7:24 pm - Voted 10/10

What a monster!

Great shot!

fieldtouring

fieldtouring - Apr 24, 2005 11:42 pm - Hasn't voted

Re: What a monster!

yes it is! one of my favourites - i literally spent 6 hrs waiting for the right light and the right hole to appear in the clouds before grabbing it. The hole finally opened up at sunset - perfect timing. I dont think this shot, taken from over 17kms away, could have been achieved with any other lens than the 500m ed professional.

Mathias Zehring

Mathias Zehring - Apr 25, 2005 12:43 am - Hasn't voted

Re: What a monster!

I wonder if this wall has ever been climbed?

Nelson

Nelson - Apr 25, 2005 4:24 am - Hasn't voted

Re: What a monster!

I *think* this face was climbed in 1986 by Voytek Kurtyka and Robert Schauer. They reached the summit ridge but were exhausted after 6 days on the face and descended without tagging the top. Greg Child and Tim Macartney-Snape reach the summit that year via the NW ridge, for the second ascent of the peak.



The first ascent (not this face) was in 1958, an Italian expedition led by Riccardo Cassin that put Walter Bonatti and Carlo Mauri on top, the most difficult high-altitude climbing done at that time. Fosco Maraini's book Karakoram is very highly recommended, one of the best mountaineering books ever written, IMHO.

fieldtouring

fieldtouring - Apr 28, 2005 12:40 am - Hasn't voted

Re: What a monster!

that'scorrect nelson, voytek and rob did go up that prominent ridge then started the traverse to the summit but pulled up just 200 odd metres short in heavy weather. An impressive climb.



snape and greg child reached the top via the left hand skyline ridge, it was their account and pics that drove me initially to want to see Concordia. I brought greg to australia for a lecture tour in the late 90's and got a great first hand account of his trip

Mathias Zehring

Mathias Zehring - Apr 28, 2005 1:56 am - Hasn't voted

Re: What a monster!

such information about climbing history should be put on the main page!

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